They should Have Gone!

SNPSo Scotland lost their nerve and decided to stay within the UK. A once in a life-time opportunity to grab hold of their own destiny and they have blown it! The referendum for the Conservative Party  was always going to be a win, win, situation. A ‘yes’ vote –and apart from the initial The Prime Minister has lost the Union shock horror – would have meant Scottish MP’s being consigned to Scottish Parliament. A ‘no’ vote has meant the ‘West Lothian’ question is at the forefront of Tory minds but both outcomes will lead to more Conservative governments in the UK. Why? Because the ‘West Lothian’ question now has to be answered.

Labour were always going to lose. Now they are fighting to keep their 41 or so Scottish Labour MP’s with some sort of power in Westminster for as long as possible. However, Labour in the end will have to re-invent themselves if they are ever to be elected within England again after the next general election in 2015.

But the big question Labour MP’s must ask themselves: do you really think Conservative MP’s will let a failed former Labour Prime Minister in Mr Gordon Brown dictated the pace and terms of any devo option? The answer is going to be a big fat ‘NO’!

Lib Dem LeaderThe English must now demand English MP’s voting for English items as their prize.  If Labour win the next general election with Scottish MP’s, they will be in the position of being in power but not been able to push any of their English policies through the House of Commons. England could be government less from 2015!

Alex Salmond has done a great service, not only to Scotland but also to England, who must now can take control over English matters. Whatever Labour says, they are not in the driving seat, and it will take longer than the pledge (or should I call it the bribe) the leaders gave before the referendum.  Scottish people forgot a pledge in politics means little, just remember the Nick Clegg on tuition fees just before the last General Election.

I’m sure they will be some political fudge about Scotland and England but MP’s have to realise the UNION is dead but all in name!

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Should they stay or should they go?

Alex Salmond

With just over a week until Scotland decides the polls put the ‘better together campaign’ and the ‘yes campaign’ just a hairs breath from each other. In all the debates it seems The English voice has long been lost, possibly because we don’t get to vote.

As an Englishman, six months ago and I would have said it is better that Scotland stayed within the UK. Now, I’ve changed my mind! Whatever happens on September 18th 2014 Westminster politics is never going to be the same. As an Englishman I do not like the devo-max option now on the table. I can’t see why the UK should still fund some of Scotland’s activities and allow their MP’s to claim vast amounts of expenses while on their jollies in Westminster. The question has to be ‘in’ or ‘out’, there is no devo-max option on the voting paper.

A truly independent Scotland must vote ‘yes’. Yes, this will mean having a Scottish currency and its own institutions. The Bank of England cannot be the bank of last resort if Scottish fiscal policy goes belly up in the future. A central bank of Scotland that will control interest rates, borrow and print money. You can even call your cash the ‘Scottish Pound’.

Now, I do believe the Scots have been sold short by Mr Salmond because all this nation building takes time and buckets of cash. In the Age of Empires you get from being a tiny settlement to a mega metropolis in a few hours. It’s also very easy for those buckets filled by oil to dry up on various new institutions. With no cash crossing the wall I believe Scotland will struggle to maintain, certainly over time, this socialist utopia Mr Salmond has sold the people. Will GDP suffer? Perhaps? Do you really think the divide between the political class and the ordinary person will shrink? I don’t think so, a new Scottish political class will emerge and the gap will grow ever increasing while the general worker will find prescription and university fees introduced and their taxes increased. Maybe, this is price Scott’s are prepared to pay, high taxes for a more equal society. If that is so, then I solute you with a scots whisky! Yet, this is the risk you must take if you truly want an independent Scotland, Well, look at it this way ‘The UNION’ is only 300 years old and that’s not long in the thousands of years of history.

As for the English, this is also a good opportunity. While once the thought of regional assemblies was laughable due to the fact they were nothing more than a talking shop. However, with real powers they could finally bring the Conservative party vision of localism to real fruition by diverting power from Westminster to the regions. Of-course, I say this with much irony as most intelligent thinkers know it’s never any party policy be that of, Labour, Conservative, Lib-Dem or UKIP to divert power away from Westminster.

The UNION is dead… long live the post union!

Those cunning Scots

This Saturday (1st October 2011) sees the much debated Holyrood alcohol Bill come into force in Scotland banning discounted alcohol promotions. The bill aims to ban ‘irresponsible’ drink promotions and restrict advertising of alcohol as well as introducing age verification and new taxes.

Retailers are  already seeing loopholes in the bill. TescoWine is encouraging Scots to buy their alcohol online. The wine is bought in England and distributed from Daventry, Northamptonshire. The alcohol will then be transported across the border from England into Scotland thus not coming under the new Holyrood laws.

A Scottish government spokesman said: “Internet sales represent only a very small proportion of the alcohol sold in Scotland, but it is an area that we watch closely to see if further action is necessary.”

However, it’s very unlikely Holyrood could stop imports of English bought wine and beer from entering into Scotland with major agreement with the UK government.

The move by the supermarkets demonstrates precisely the difficulties with the SNP’s plans for blanket minimum pricing of alcohol, plans which are easily be got around by internet sales.

Comment:Both cheapbeerforscots.co.uk and cheapwineforscots.co.uk domain names are still available for any entrepreneurial person. We must help our Scottish friends in this time of draught!

Bye Bye Scotland

SNPComment: Switched the TV on this morning to find out what was going on in the local elections only to get total coverage of  the Scottish National Party on the BBC breakfast time.

Now being someone ‘from down south’ I can be completely honest and say I don’t give ‘a monkeys uncle’ what goes on in Scotland. That’s why we have BBC Scotland so that ‘us southerners’ don’t have endure Alex Salmond harping on about Scottish independence and how the Scottish people have spoken. You know we ‘really’ DON’T care!

We know an independent Scotland separated from the rest of England will not work. The London Central government would withdraw funding – else us southerners will be in uproar – Scotland will thave to raise its own taxes to pay for the freebies (university education, prescriptions and so on). Most Scots are financially minded people and will see that  paying more tax for independence has no real benefit to their pockets. Scotland will be humiliated and would come back to the London government with tails between their legs for a rather large Euro loan.

Yes, a bad day for us southerners as we have another 4 years of Alex Salmond harping on about ‘crap’ we don’t care about. So be kind to us Alex and have your referendum and leave us Brits alone.